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A beginners eight mile circular day walk run by our friends at Large Outdoors, from the Cheshire countryside to the wider fringes of the Peak District National Park.

From Bollington there’s a short, stiff ascent to the monument of White Nancy, which on a clear day gives excellent views of Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Snowdonia and Shining Tor. We then descend into the pretty village of Rainow before taking a quiet lane along the Dean Valley to Lamaload Reservoir. We then climb again before another descent back into Rainow. From there we cross a series of fields and end up back at the start point.

The walk takes in a variety of landscapes including hills, fields, woods, a reservoir, a lake and a small village and the folly of White Nancy. After there is the option of going to the pub for those who want to.

The folly we will be visiting, White Nancy, was actually built as a summer house by the Gaskell family, who lived at Ingersley Hall, in about 1815. It is stone built with external rendering and regularly painted white in order to maintain its visibility. It is thought that it may have been built at that time to commemorate the battle of Waterloo. Internally there is a seat all round the wall with a large table in the centre. The table is circular, cut from a single piece of stone. Unfortunately the entrance has since been bricked up and you can no longer gain access.


11am – 4pm


£10 – free if you are a member of Friends of the Peak District, or have a Large Outdoors Loyalty Pass


Bookings via Large Outdoors website – or ring 0161 401 0460


Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5BA -we meet at the point where Redway Lane becomes Windmill Lane. The road doubles back on itself at this point.


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With thanks to Large Outdoors